The Archbishop of Harare, Right Rev Robert Christopher Ndlovu, has announced plans to apply for a licence to establish a Catholic community radio station in the capital.

In a circular to all parish priests, heads of religious congregations and Catholic institutions in the Archdiocese, the Archbishop says the Catholic community radio station, Radio Chiedza, is being set up in preparation for the day when community radio stations will be licenced.

“The initiative is being led by Fr Nigel Johnson SJ along with the Director of Jesuit Communications, Gift Mambipiri,” said the Archbishop.

“As you may be aware, for the past ten years, both Fr Johnson and Mambipiri have had wide experience of community radio initiatives in Zimbabwe.

“So far, none of these community radio stations have been licensed to broadcast in this country, but our neighbouring countries have numerous such stations up.

“It therefore seems inevitable that Zimbabwe will, at some time, catch up; so we in the Catholic Church need to be prepared for that day.”

Radio Chiedza promises to amplify the message of the Church, especially on social justice issues, to nurture people who believe that Christianity is practical and all-embracing.

The station would also offer a platform for the evangelisation of the church’s political, social, cultural and economic message, and also to deal with social issues such as HIV/AIDS, justice and peace, modern family setups and their challenges.

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